Officials and students at the World AIDS Day programme at Kiphire on December 1. (Photo Courtesy/CMO office Kiphire)
Kiphire, December 2 (MExN): World AIDS Day was observed at District Hospital Conference Hall, Kiphire on December 1, under the theme ‘Know Your Status.’ The programme was organized by District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit, Kiphire in collaboration with Nagaland Health Project.
Longdiba L Sangtam, SDO (C) graced the occasion and emphasized to show respect and solidarity to people living with HIV/AIDS and to create more awareness among the people. It is the duty of younger generations to spread awareness including parents who are more ignorant than us, he added. It is a social responsibility rather than an obligation as a concerned citizen to not merely depend on the law making agencies to curb the menace of spreading the disease in our society. The Administration or Medical Department cannot shoulder the whole responsibilities unless there is active participation of the community, he asserted.
In a press release from District Media Officer (NHM), the programme was chaired by Litongla, Counselor, ICTC, invocation prayer by Pastor, Ao Baptist Church Kiphire town. Dr Tinurenla Anichari, Dy CMO said that Kiphire tagging as an Aspirational district was to be taken as a challenge and encouraged the citizens not to get carried away by negative aspects of HIV/AIDS. She encouraged showing love and kindness to PLHIV. Some of the reasons of spreading the disease were lack of awareness and ignorance within the public and to be free from the disease, one must have access to HIV testing to avoid risky behavior which invites HIV/AIDS. In his keynote address, Tsiatsivi, DPO (DAPCU), briefly highlighted about HIV/AIDS and encouraged the citizens to cultivate health seeking behavior to be free from such disease. “We should be the first person to spread awareness”, she added.
One of the participants (PLHIV+) shared his experiences and encouraged the gathering to be mentally positive enough to expose one’s own status in preventing further escalation of the disease in the district.
Painting competition of HIV/AIDS awareness among the school students in 4 sites under NHP was conducted and an essay competition among Higher Secondary students on the theme was conducted. Out of 28 participants for the essay competition, the award winners were Yangthingba, Loyola Hr. Sec. School, Priyanka Gupta, Zisaji Presidency College and Dotsala, Zisaji Presidency College as first, second and third respectively. Consolation prizes were awarded to Easter, Loyola Hr. Sec. School and Azila H Sangtam, Zisaji Presidency College followed by HIV screening of the participants.